Incarceration and Reentry

Getting out of prison (also known as re-entry) can be incredibly stressful and pose many challenges, including the need to secure housing and employment, and re-connecting with family and friends. At the same time, while some medical needs may have been addressed in prison, issues like substance abuse and mental illness may not have been addressed at all. Seeing a qualified professional therapist can help with the transition back into society outside of prison. Therapy can provide tools to help solve problems, deal with social situations, and to control anger – in addition to helping with substance abuse issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s incarceration and re-entry specialists today.

Meet the specialists

I have worked for over a decade with individuals who have lived through the criminal justice system. I strongly believe that you have the potential to make valuable contributions to society. I have a solid understanding of the barriers that make reentry a challenge to those who want to reconnect with their friends, family and society. I will work collaboratively with you to build a positive reentry plan and develop the skills needed to succeed in building a good life for yourself.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ
 

I worked in the North Carolina prison system and had the opportunity to establish and facilitate art therapy programs for groups and individuals in male, female, and juveniles facilities. I ran years of groups for folks returning to the community from prison. I have also worked to support families with loved ones who are incarcerated.

— Erika Bowser, Licensed Professional Counselor

I enjoy helping those that are struggling from zero. Having nothing and starting life from scratch seems tough. I know it is a rut to get out of and start fresh without baggage. Bag and baggage is when to go home and get out of jail to the outside world feeling numb and adjusting to society seems like a party. Rules that don't apply to us and wanting o do the whole world appears easy. Thinking, behavior, and consequences are the key.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI
 

Dr. Rodriguez is a forensic mental health evaluator which allows her to serve as an evaluator and expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. She is known in the legal community for her ability to connect with people and for her willingness to take on challenging cases. Once you step into her office, you will feel no judgement from Dr. Rodriguez. She understands that people make mistakes and if they are ready to move forward, she will assist them.

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

Prison is a unique experience and the people impacted deserve to have a provider who knows what changes happen to a person when they have gone through incarceration. Learning how to deprogram from the skills that helped you survive prison is important if you want to be successful in the free world. People who have a loved one who is involved in the criminal justice system also deserve a provider that knows that system and how to cope effectively.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL
 

I have worked with people who were found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity to help them reintegrate into the community after release from custody. I have also worked with individuals who were Unfit to Stand Trial to help them gain fitness and work through the trial process. I have close relationships with judges, attorneys, probation officers, and law enforcement officers. I can help someone at whatever stage they may be in the justice system.

— Matt Kindler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beloit, WI

I have over 10 years of experience working with justice involved clients. Integrating back into the community after any period of incarceration is very difficult. Incarceration is traumatic and there are many systemic barriers to overcome. But it's doable, especially with support! Therapy can help you to understand issues that led to incarceration and learn new behaviors to help keep you out of the system.

— Vikki Dial, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

I worked in the North Carolina prison system and had the opportunity to establish and facilitate art therapy programs for groups and individuals in male, female, and juveniles facilities. I ran years of groups for folks returning to the community from prison. I have also worked to support families with loved ones who are incarcerated.

— Erika Bowser, Licensed Professional Counselor

Prison is a unique experience and the people impacted deserve to have a provider who knows what changes happen to a person when they have gone through incarceration. Learning how to deprogram from the skills that helped you survive prison is important if you want to be successful in the free world. People who have a loved one who is involved in the criminal justice system also deserve a provider that knows that system and how to cope effectively.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL
 

As a clinician, I worked for 2 years with AB109 probationers to reintegrate back into the community after spending various lengths in time in our jail/prison system. I have also run groups in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility focusing on preparation for what was to come. I love to instill hope and build upon strengths to remind individuals that they are important and can make desired life changes.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

Dr. Rodriguez is a forensic mental health evaluator which allows her to serve as an evaluator and expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. She is known in the legal community for her ability to connect with people and for her willingness to take on challenging cases. Once you step into her office, you will feel no judgement from Dr. Rodriguez. She understands that people make mistakes and if they are ready to move forward, she will assist them.

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX